Monthly Archives: July 2015

Winter is Coming

Right now, during the warm summer months, you’re probably thinking about every way you can keep your kitchen cool. However, you may also want to consider how to update your kitchen before winter arrives. The summer season is an excellent time to gear up for winter and get your home ready for those chilly days before they happen.

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It’s also a convenient time for home improvement projects in the kitchen, because you can still grill outside temporarily if you cannot use your kitchen appliances. Cook your food outdoors in the fresh air, so you don’t have to worry about having to cook all of your meals in the microwave or the toaster oven. This is especially helpful if you are feeding multiple members of your family at once.

The following are some home improvement projects to consider starting before winter comes:

Heating Flooring – Heated flooring can be installed underneath any type of flooring in the home. Heated flooring is a perfect addition before the winter months so you can walk around in your kitchen and feel less cold. Be more comfortable in your kitchen next winter with a new heated flooring system.

Update the Backsplash – Take the time this summer to improve your kitchen backsplash. Tile Talks recently published Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash. You can reference their post for more ideas for tile designs and updating your backsplash.

Photo Credit: http://www.aventetiletalk.com/2015/07/tile-tips-for-eye-catching-backsplash.html

Go Bigger – Do some construction to create a bigger kitchen for you and your family. One of the biggest complaints homeowners and renters have about their kitchens is the lack of space. More space will provide additional storage, workspace and space for family to sit and eat together.

Add a Range Hood – Do you have proper indoor air ventilation in your kitchen? If not, you can purchase a kitchen range hood to install during your summer home remodeling projects. The range hood will ventilate grease, smoke, odors and heat from the kitchen to make cooking more convenient and cleaner.

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Cavaliere B02CL-30″ Wall Mount Range Hood

Other ideas to consider for installation during the summer include:

-A fireplace near the kitchen to keep people warm and comfortable while they are eating together.

-Purchase and install a larger freezer to store food in before winter hits. Buying and freezing food in bulk also helps save money on groceries.

-Install a pot rack in your kitchen. You can store pots and pans on it and free up space in your kitchen cabinets.

-Repaint your kitchen before the holidays and impress your friends and family with the fresh coat of paint on the walls.

-Replace any large kitchen appliances that may need updating while you are already making improvements and cooking outside.

If you’d like to improve your kitchen before winter comes, feel free to call Range Hoods Inc at 1-800-914-9775. We are available seven days a week to discuss stainless steel kitchen range hood sand your home improvement needs.

2015 Under Cabinet Range Hoods

Range hoods are all the rage these days. Not only do they aid in the removal of heat, air pollution, and unpleasant odors, but they also have aesthetic value that can make any kitchen look a bit more sophisticated.  Yet, with the varying range hoods available, it can be intimidating to understand the difference between the many styles and brands; and to know what options are best suited for your kitchen’s unique composition.  A popular choice for smaller kitchens or kitchens with limited storage space is the under cabinet range hood. Possibly the most common type of range hood found in the average kitchen, this petite range hood fits conveniently under cabinets and above the stove just as the name denotes.

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An under cabinet range hood can be used in apartments or rented homes where construction and renovation are not permitted. They are also a handy choice for those with limited kitchen space, as cabinets can either be installed or remain untouched while the range hood seamlessly performs its ventilation duties.  Under cabinet range hoods are very affordable and can even be an easy DIY project if you already have ductwork and cabinetry installed.  Under Cabinet1                                                          Photo Credit: ixerion.com

With so many options to choose from, it can be intimidating to pick out the right under cabinet range hood for your kitchen, and unless you’re a home improvement expert, you might not be familiar with the most trusted brands when it comes to upgrading your kitchen ventilation system.

As such, we’d like to share with you a couple of our favorite under cabinet range hoods.  Feel free to visit Range Hoods Inc to view our entire collection of premium kitchen appliances.

This simple, yet effective Imperial Hoods 1924D 24” range hood is small enough to fit snuggly under almost any cabinet area. For those who don’t particularly enjoy the unsightly nose of a range hood peeking out from beneath the kitchen cabinets, this petite machine is the ideal candidate, providing subtlety and efficiency. Discounted to $150.00, this range hood should be considered a bargain for any modern kitchen.

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Features Include:
-7 inch vent size
-Height 6” / depth 18” (front/back)
-Single two-speed fan
-Independent control variable fan speed and lighting intensity
-1.5 (low) – 4.6 (high) Sones
-Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty on Parts

Another one of our favorites is the Cavaliere Euro AP238-PS12-30 30” Under Cabinet Range Hood. With similar features to the Imperial Hoods’ 1924D, Cavaliere offers a slightly more sophisticated model with a prestigious LCD display and a convenient remote control for easy operation. With prices only slightly higher than Imperial Hoods, Cavaliere is definitely a brand worth checking out.

Cavaliere Euro AP238 PS13 30 30 Under Cabinet Range Hood with Remote Control

 

Features Include:
-Dual squirrel cage ultra quiet monitors
-900 CFM centrifugal blower
-Four-speed touch sensitive electronic LCD control panel with heat sensor and remote  control
-Unique Heat Sensitive electronic LCD control panel with heat sensor and remote control
-Credit card-size wireless remote control system, operates the range hood from more than  20ft away.
-Delayed power auto shut off (15 minute pre-set)
-Two 35W halogen lights (GU-10 bulbs)
-Stainless steel baffle filter (dishwasher friendly!)
-Heavy duty 10 gauge stainless steel brush finish
-8” round duct vent exhaust

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Kitchen projects can be fun, and they don’t have to be unaffordable.  So, if you’re in the market for a new range hood, check out these two fabulous brands and let us know what you think in the comments below!

July Blog Hop Post #3: Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash

Can we get a drum roll, please? Range Hoods Inc would like to announce the publication of the third post within the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop! This contribution comes from Bill Buyok at the Tile Talk blog. Bill contributed Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash; this post should guide you through choosing tile for your kitchen backsplash.

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Don’t forget that in addition to reading the blog post contributions, you have only 3 days left to enter for the drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Enter here for a chance to win; we hope the funds help you throughout the summer in your DIY projects and home improvement goals.

Tile Talk is the blog at Avente Tile, a company that specializes in ceramic, handmade tile for interiors and exteriors in elegant home design. In his blog hop contribution, Bill explains how artisan tile can complement your kitchen within the backsplash. As you can see in the photos in Bill’s blog post, artisan tile pops in the back of the kitchen and gives personality and character to the space and the kitchen design. Click the link above to learn more and learn how to choose backsplash tile for your kitchen.

You can find each contribution from the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop Here:

5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen on Artful Kitchens

Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks on Snazzy Little Things

Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash on Tile Talk

The Blog Hop Giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card ends at midnight on August 31st, 2015. Visit our blog post (Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card) to enter for multiple chances to win by visiting the Facebook pages of the participants above. It’s easy and fast to enter.

Thanks for reading, and stay cool! We wish you the best in your Summer DIY & Home Improvement endeavors this year.

2015 Wall Mounted Range Hoods

Summer is already coming to a close and you’re just now getting to that kitchen remodel you’ve been planning all year. You’ve already picked out the flooring, new kitchen appliances, lighting, and marble counter tops, but you’re still stuck on the perfect range hood to make your kitchen remodel complete. A wall mounted range hood can give your kitchen a level of sophistication that puts it a step above the rest and makes your kitchen more of a luxury spot than another area to clean and maintain.

Range hoods are important for a variety of reasons, such as proper ventilation, air purification, and keeping your kitchen cool. Vented range hoods remove smoke, grease, odors, and bacteria in the air from the kitchen, depositing the polluted air outside of the house.  Range hoods can also aid in preventing your entire house from heating up after a long day of cooking during the summer months. Aside from practical reasons, range hoods can also add an aesthetic element to your kitchen. Particularly, wall mounted range hoods can make even simple kitchens take on an air of sophistication and luxury.  
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We’ve compiled a list of some of 2015’s best wall mounted range hoods, and wanted to share our findings.  If you don’t have the space or installation for a wall mount range hood, be sure to visit Range Hoods Inc to find the perfect range hood to meet the specific needs of your kitchen.

The Spagna Vetro 36” SV198N-36 Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Glass Range Hood
This range hood features a beautiful design that is sure to compliment any modern kitchen set. With a stainless steel finish and a tempered glass canopy, this range hood is both aesthetically pleasing, while also highly functional.interior-eco-friendly-kitchen-layout-decoration-with-range-hood-cavaliere-wall-mount-stainless-steel-and-brown-fabric-cushion-iron-chairs-also-with-great-wooden-dining-table-magnificent-kitchen                                                 Photo Credit: mediberian.com

Features Include:
Mounting version – Wall Mounted
860 CFM centrifugal blower
Three-speed mechanical, soft-touch push button control panel
Two 35W halogen lights (Type: GU-10)
Aluminum multi-layers micro-cell dishwasher-friendly grease filter(s)
Machine crafted stainless steel (brushed finish)
6″ round duct vent exhaust and back draft damper
Convertible to duct-free operation (requires optional charcoal filter)
Telescopic flue accommodates 8ft to 9ft ceilings (optional flue extension available for up to 10ft ceiling)
Tempered Glass Canopy
For residential use only, one-year limited factory warranty

 
Cavaliere-Euro SV218F-36 36″ Wall Mount Range Hood
As one of the leaders in the industry, Cavaliere has earned a title as one of the most trusted names in range hoods. With unbeatable quality and fantastic pricing, you can’t go searching for range hoods without stopping to consider the options Cavaliere has to offer. We are particularly fond of the SV218F-36 because of its six-speed electronic touch-sensitive control panel, which makes operation easy and convenient to use. Also, the three aluminum micro-cell washable grease filters are dishwasher-friendly, which is definitely an added bonus!

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Features Include:
Mounting Type – Wall Mount
900 CFM centrifugal blower
Six-speed electronic, touch sensitive control panel with LCD display
Delayed power auto shut off (programmable 1-15 minutes)
30 hours cleaning reminder
Two dimmable 35w halogen lights (GU-10 type light bulbs)
Three aluminum 6 layers micro-cell washable grease filters
Heavy duty 19 gauge stainless steel (brushed finish)
Telescopic decorative chimney of variable dimension
6″ round duct vent exhaust and back draft damper
Venting Mode: Duct (optional re-circulating kit available for ductless)
One-year limited factory warranty


Rangemaster RM51000 Wall Mount Hood
Another option is the Rangemaster RM51000 Wall Mount Hood. For a kitchen with a more relaxed, every-day feel, the Rangemaster RM51000 is a great choice. The slim build of this model allows it to fit into virtually any kitchen, and the style is flexible, making it compatible with almost any kitchen design.

Rangemaster RM51000 Wall Mount Hood

Features Include:
For cooktops up to 40K BTU
370 CFM, 7.0 sone Centrifugal Blower
Mount type: Wall mount
22 gauge 430 Stainless Steel # 4 brushed construction with seamless corners for easy cleaning
Three-speed slide control.
Two 20-watt halogen lamps provided
Dishwasher-safe aluminum filters feature a quick-release latch and professional-style appearance
Ducting options: Vertical or Non-ducted (non-ducted kit not included, excludes 48″ model)
Telescopic flue accommodates ceiling heights from 8 to 9 feet.
Optional flue extension for up to 10′ ceilings.
120 volts, 2.63 Amps, 60Hz
Manufacturers one year limited warranty
Weight: 46.3 lbs

 
So, if you’re in the market for a new wall mounted range hood, but you’re not sure where to start looking, start by checking out the range hoods mentioned above and let us know what you think in the comments below!

How to Layout an Efficient Kitchen

Why do you need an efficient layout for your kitchen? Designing your kitchen with an efficient layout in mind ensures that you can use your kitchen to its maximum potential and save as much time as possible while preparing and cooking food. While working on your kitchen, don’t forget to read our infographic Choosing Range Hoods for Kitchen Size for assistance in picking out a kitchen range hood.

There are different templates for kitchen design available to you depending on the floor plan of your kitchen and how you prefer to have everything spaced out. Choosing a layout that fits into the kitchen floor plan you already have will be more economical, because moving pipes and running electrical will be costly and time consuming.

The first thing to consider while laying out a kitchen is the work triangle. The work triangle is the placement of the cooking surface, the kitchen sink and the fridge. If you draw a line between these elements, the resulting shape will be a triangle. This is the most efficient way to place these zones in the kitchen. Ideally, there will be work spaces wherever possible between the points of the triangle.

Kitchen Layouts

These traditional kitchen layouts can help guide you through your kitchen design. Choose the layout that best fits your kitchen.

L-shaped: This kitchen layout consists of two countertops on connecting walls that form the shape of the letter “L.”

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Horseshoe: A horseshoe kitchen has three walls on which kitchen elements are placed. An L-shaped kitchen with the addition of an island is also considered a horseshoe kitchen.

Horseshoe Kitchen via HGTV

One-wall: These kitchens are simple and efficient with everything located on one wall. This layout is a good choice for smaller homes and kitchens.

One Wall Kitchen Design

One-wall Kitchen via Kitchen Appliance Reviews

Galley: A galley kitchen is another layout that works well in smaller homes. It consists of two walls or two countertops on each side of each other.

Galley Kitchen via HGTV

Once you have determined which kitchen layout you have, or will have in the future, you can start to layout an efficient kitchen design.

Another way to make a kitchen more efficient is the addition of a kitchen island, if the kitchen is large enough to support one. The island can function as one of the points of the work triangle.

Kitchen islands are practical and provide many functions. They provide extra work surface and storage space. You can also install a stovetop and oven into the kitchen island, as well as a sink for washing food and filling pots. A kitchen island with wheels is great; you can move it around where you need it, when you need it.

Which kitchen layout do you prefer? Do you prefer that layout because of efficiency or because of aesthetics? Feel free to let us know!

Range Hoods Inc is an online retailer of stainless steel kitchen range hoods. Feel free to contact us with your questions about kitchen design and kitchen appliances at 1-800-914-9775. We are available seven days a week.

How to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

This guest post is by Lewis Jackson of Air-N-Water.

G1   Summer cooking can be a real pain. Not only is it hot outside, but the heat from your stove and oven adds to it, raising the temperature even higher. Even worse, if it leaks out into the adjoining rooms, it can wreak havoc on your electricity bills. The additional heat triggers your thermostat, signaling your air conditioner to work overtime in an attempt to maintain its temperature settings. Besides switching to cold foods or restricting your cooking to late night or early morning, the best way to avoid these problems is either to vent the heat, cool your kitchen, or both.

Ventilating Your Kitchen

If your home uses a central air conditioner, ventilating your kitchen can be difficult. The natural solution, opening a few doors or windows to circulate the air with a cross breeze, isn’t practical, so the best solution is to capture the heat before it can dissipate, through a ranged hood. They use fans to draw in the hot air from the stove and funnel it out of your home so it doesn’t affect the rest of your home or throw off your cooling system.

 Cooling Your Kitchen

Ventilation keeps the heat from your kitchen appliances from interfering with the temperature settings in the rest of your home, but staying cool while you’re cooking most likely requires spot cooling. Spot cooling is used to reduce hot spots in buildings. Small coolers are brought in to provide additional air wherever local conditions prevent central AC systems from lowering temperatures effectively.

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In kitchens, spot cooling is normally performed by portable air conditioners or window air conditioners. These are low-cost, single room units that utilize less electricity that central air or split AC systems and remove excess humidity from the air, which makes it easier for your body to regulate its internal temperature. Some units, like the NewAir AC-12200E and the NewAir AC-14100E, actually use the collected moisture to cool the compressor, boost their efficiency rating, and reduce their electricity consumption.

To determine what sized air-conditioner will work most effectively in your kitchen, measure its area (length x width) and compare to the chart to the right. By the standards of most rooms, the average kitchen is pretty small, only 150 square feet, which is why spot cooling makes sense as an economical solution to your heating problems. 150 square feet only requires 5,000-6,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of cooling power, so a small unit is all that’s needed to handle the job. To keep costs under control, only activate them as needed, and add 4,000 BTUs to your rating in order to compensate for the activity of your stove or oven.

Air & Water is a family owned appliance company and one of the premier air cooling and heating companies online. We supply cooling solutions for everyday living. To learn more, visit us at air-n-water.com.

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July Blog Hop Post #2: Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks… By Snazzy Little Things

For those of you following the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop event, we’re excited to announce that the second post of the campaign is live on the Snazzy Little Things blog. You can follow the blog hop and past blog hop posts here on the Range Hoods Inc blog. (If you haven’t been following, don’t worry. You can still go back and read the previous posts and you still have time to enter the giveaway.)

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The Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop is celebrating Summer DIY & Home Improvement through a collaboration of blog posts with other bloggers, as well as a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card. We hope this blog hop inspires you in your DIY and home décor projects as the summer goes on.

We’re excited to read Jeanette’s contribution to the blog hop, which you can find here: Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks on the Snazzy Little Things blog. Jeanette is an experienced DIY-er, lover of vintage décor and the host of the #30DayFlip on Hometalk.

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Don’t forget to check back to the Blog Hop this month as more people post their blogs, including a contribution from Tile Talk.

Also, throughout the Blog Hop, you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card up until midnight on July 31st, 2015. Enter here; you can get multiple chances to enter by visiting the Facebook pages of the Blog Hop participants. Just follow the instructions in the link. Please let us know if you have any questions. Good luck and happy reading!

How to Clean a Filthy Range Hood

Have you ever stopped to think about all of the grease and debris that gets caked into your range hood? If you’ve cleaned a dirty range hood or a range hood filter before, you know it’s not an easy task.  Grease stains can be one of the most unpleasant tasks to undertake, simply because old grease stains can feel like a never ending process to remove. As soon as you remove one coat of grease, you realize there’s an entirely new layer of grease under that, and you have to start the cleansing process all over again.

When you stop to think about it, kitchen range hoods should be one of the most frequently cleaned appliances in your kitchen, especially if you do a lot of cooking or spend a lot of time preparing meals. Yet, in reality, range hoods and range hood filters often end up being the least attended aspect of your kitchen because they are easily forgotten amongst the other, more obvious messes. Range hood filters are hidden, and therefore, your range hood may look perfectly acceptable on the outside, when it is actually in dire need of a good cleaning on the inside.

Range hoods exist to filter the greasy, debris-filled air that builds up in your kitchen due to heavy cooking and food preparation. It’s easy to forget about the work your range hood is contributing to the overall health of your kitchen, since you are unable to see the grease and pathogens within the air being sucked magically away through the work of your range hood.  Yet, the grease and gunk exist nonetheless, and what is not regularly cleaned out of the range hood filters, adds to an endless coating of grease.

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Is there a trick to removing hard grease stains from your kitchen range hood?  While many household cleaners boast the power to remove heavy grease build-up quickly and easily, this may not be such an easy task if you have a specialty appliance made from stainless steel or another type of metal that requires specific cleaning materials and processes. For example, many hard cleaners contain bleach, which stains and damages stainless steel. Chlorine is also off limits for any range hoods made of stainless steel or other precious metals. The chlorine will severely and permanently damage the stainless steel, rendering the appliances not only visually unappealing, but possibly also dangerous and unsafe to use.

Removing Filter

So, how can you get rid of tough grease stains without severely damaging your range hood or other appliances in the process?  In fact, there are some relatively simple ways to clear your range hood of all that unwanted build-up. The best solutions that we’ve found are natural home remedies that should save you a trip to the convenience store.

Below is a list of supplies that you’ll want to make sure you have on hand before you begin the range hood makeover process:

  1. Large pot in which you can boil water
    (you may also use a baking sheet if your range hood filters are relatively slim)
  2. Baking Soda
  3. Your favorite degreasing dish soap
  4. Ammonia
  5. Soft towel or scrub brush (makes sure that it is not so stiff as to scratch the finish of your range hood)

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Once you have all of the necessary supplies, boil a large pot of water, and add a small amount of your favorite decreasing dish soap. Try not to add too much dish soap, or your pot of water will become a large bubbly mess, and it will be difficult to work with.  Once your pot has boiled and is slightly soapy, add ½ cup of baking soda very slowly. As the baking soda mixes with water, it will start to fizz and become very frothy, so make sure to add the baking soda slowly.

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If your range hood filters are pliable or small enough to fit in the pot, remove them from the range hood, and place them into the pot.  You will be able to see the baking soda slowly eating away at the grease on the filter, mixing into the water. Flip the filter over to ensure that all areas of the filter have a chance to make contact with the baking soda water. If you have large filters or they cannot be bent to fit inside a pot, you can also use an oven baking sheet to soak your filters.

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If the water becomes overly contaminated during the soaking process, consider dumping it out and repeating the previously mentioned steps in clean water. You can also use a soft cloth or sponge to remove any excess grease or residue on the range hood filter, however, have the filter as clean as possible before you attempt to start scrubbing will keep your cleaning utensils unsoiled and allow you to reuse them again at a future time (or the next time you need to clean your range hood!.

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You can use this same solution to clean the outer surface of your range hood. A soft cloth or sponge dipped in hot water and baking soda can be an effective cleaner for the polishing or removing stains on the side of your range hood. This can be an especially useful trick if you have a stainless steel range hood, on which many of the tougher cleaners cannot be used.

As a last resort, if the baking soda and boiling water are not sufficiently wiping out the heavy stains clotting your range hood, try applying a small amount of vinegar or ammonia to the end of a cloth and rubbing out the toughest blemishes with the aid of these household cleaners.

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A few more tips:
When you’re done cleaning out your range hood, what should you do with the dirty leftover water? Anything except dumping it down the sink! Grease and water don’t mix, even when it looks like you have one big bowl of grease soup. When you pour grease (in any form) down the sink, the grease sticks to the pipes, causing future sewer clogs and severe drain problems.

If you don’t have a lot of greasy water left try soaking it up with a paper towel, or some other type of absorbent material.  Then, you can simply discard it with the rest of the garbage. If there is too much left over water to soak up, consider dumping it into a designated sewer drain, or dump it into an old coffee can or plastic container that you can then dispose of with the trash.

Another option for those very tough stains that simply refuse to come out is to use an auto degreaser and simply let the range hood filter and/or other parts soak for a few hours, allowing the auto degreaser to do the work for you. While kitchen grease and grime can often feel like some of the most extensive and irritating stains to deal with, the grease and gunk mechanics use in dealing with our cars can be inevitably worse. Next time you’re in need of a good kitchen degreaser, try looking in an auto parts store rather than your local grocery store. Chances are you might just find an automobile degreaser that is just what you needed in the kitchen!

Conclusion
If you have a kitchen range hood and you haven’t peaked inside to check the filter lately, chances are it needs cleaning. Even if you keep the outside of your range hood spick and span, the filter needs to be cleaned out regularly in order to make sure that your range hood is operating at one hundred percent functionality and serving its purpose in your kitchen. Removing tough grease stains is never a fun task, but with these simple suggestions, you can have your range hood looking brand new in no time at all. Whether your range hood operates on a vented system or ductless system, the filters still need to be properly decongested in order for optimum functionality. The longer you wait to take care of your dirty range hood filters, the more built-up grease you’ll face when you’re forced to deal with the problem.

Think we missed a way to get rid of hard grease stains and clean your kitchen range hood? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below to share your own personal experience in cleaning kitchen appliances, and give us your feedback on what methods have worked best in your household!

Choosing Range Hoods for Kitchen Size

Choosing a kitchen range hood is easy! Just follow the steps in our infographic to determine which size range hood you need for the size of your kitchen. Meanwhile, you can also browse our recent blog post 2015 Best Range Hoods as you shop for your kitchen remodel.

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How to Make a Small Kitchen Seem Bigger

You love cooking, and you never feel more comfortable or at home as you do in the kitchen. Increasingly, however, you’re becoming more and more frustrated with the lack of room in your kitchen, and your beginning to feel that it’s putting limitations on your creative genius.  While you may not have the time, finances, or physical space to expand and renovate the whole kitchen, there are a few simple tips and tricks that work wonders in helping to give off the sensation of space in the lack thereof. Follow these guidelines for ideas on how to give yourself a larger kitchen on a low-budget, low-maintenance plan.

Lighter and Brighter
White is an open and airy color that often gives off the impression of space. White that flows seamlessly from the floors, to the counter tops, up to the cabinets and through the ceiling will give your kitchen a light and spacious appearance. Contrasting colors that stop and start and bounce from one section of your kitchen to another make your kitchen seem cramped and cluttered, forcing the eyes to wander back and forth between all of the varying colors. Natural lighting accentuates the bright and flowing color schemes, giving the kitchen the impression of space.

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Through the Looking Glass
Obtaining more space in your small kitchen is all about tricking the eye. Making small changes to your kitchen, especially when you have looked at it one way for some time, can open up the space and make a world of difference. One way to achieve this is by exchanging solid cabinet doors for see-through glass.  Cabinets that bulge out from the wall and stand as solid blocks of space often make a kitchen seem smaller. Replacing your old cabinet doors with solid glass can trick the eye and give off an appearance of greater space than actually exists.

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Shiny is Better
Remember when you were a child, and you automatically assumed that something shiny was valuable and worth picking up? Well, in a cramped kitchen, this rule still applies!  If your kitchen has under-cabinet space, fill up that space with a mirrored wall – even though you know your kitchen hasn’t changed sizes, your eyes will see the space through the mirror and automatically signal a wider space to your brain. The same goes for the rest of the surfaces in your kitchen. A dishwasher with a stainless steel finish, see-through cabinets, shiny tile floors, and glossy paint, can all have a mirror effect on your kitchen, making it seem like you just gained a few extra feet of space.

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Miniaturize the Furniture
Does your kitchen have a large dining table that fits your own family, plus a few guests? Exchanging large furniture for slim, bare-minimum furnishing can add a lot of space to your kitchen. Unless you host a party full of guests every other week, consider a sleeker table set, a rolling island, or a multi-functional bar. The additional space from cutting back on furnishings will be a renovation in itself.

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Consider a Wall-Mounted Vent Hood
Depending on the placement of your stove, one way to increase space in a small kitchen is to divide cabinet space with the use of a slender wall-mounted range hood. The break in bulky cabinetry can give the appearance of more space, and the chimney of a slender range hood can make a small wall space feel much larger.

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Invert Your Storage
A big problem with small kitchens can often be that there is not enough cabinet space to satisfy basic cooking and food preparation needs. Kitchen utensils and dishware left out in the open take up counter space and make an already small kitchen look cluttered and chaotic. If you’ve stuffed your cabinets full of items, and still find yourself in need of more space, try inverting the walls to add additional space. This will not only give you more storage room, but add to the spaciousness of your kitchen.

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Whether your kitchen is hardly big enough for standing room, or you simply want to make some room, these simple measures can give your kitchen a makeover that will leave you feeling like you just received a brand new kitchen. Tell us which option you think will work best with your kitchen’s design!